excessively long canes
Hi, and thank you for your help in responding to my question.
I live in California, but there is no group to assist me. I live near San Francisco, so the weather is not super warm during the summer. I am growing thorn-less blackberry plants, and the canes produce many wonderful blackberries.
My question is regarding the canes: I measured the canes, and they are averaging over 20 feet. I thought the canes would grow around 10 feet. Many are around 20 feet, and still growing. The plants produce many canes, and they are all extremely long. I water them every couple of days, and fertilize them every couple months or so. I never thought that they would grow so wildly, as I have to tack them up because I don't want them on the ground. I am not complaining because of the incredible tasting fruit and volume they produce, but is this normal? I have 5 plants, all have extremely long canes, and getting longer.
I am just curious as to what may be causing the plants to grow so wildly.
Thank you again,
San Mateo County California
Thank you for your question, Lawrence. It is difficult to identify the issue(s) without photos, but this Extension article may provide some answers: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-1431 BTW, you do have an Extension service in your county (like all others in the nation), and you can contact them here: http://cesanmateo.ucanr.edu/About/Contact/ Good luck!